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Now when editing, there are times when you know that all of your transitions need to be a certain length. Let's say you like to make all of your transitions 15 frames, or half a second, instead of a second. And it can be really exhausting to put in a dissolve, make it 15 frames. You don't have to do that. You can do it by simply changing a preference in Premiere Pro. So go up to the Preference setting--and once again it's underneath Premiere Pro on a Macintosh Operating System, and in Windows you'll find it at the very bottom of your Edit dropdown window.
So go ahead, open up your Preferences, and you can open up General, and if you don't open up General, just go ahead and click on the top. It will take you there, and right here you can see there are options to change the Duration of your Video and your Audio Default Durations. So 30 frames is my default. I'm going to simply change that to 15, and if I want to change the Default Duration of my Audio, I can do that too. Now audio is a little different than video. It's actually in seconds versus frames.
So in this case, I want a half-second dissolve. I simply type in 0.5, and I have a half a second Default Duration for my Audio Transitions. Once I've made these choices, I can go ahead and press OK, and now watch what happens. We're going to go ahead and just put a default transition for the video. I'm going to click on that, and if we zoom in and take a close look, as you can see, I put on a 15 frame--or one half second--dissolve from the get-go. That can be a real time saver.
Now let me go ahead and remove that transition, because I want to change it and do one more thing, 15 frames-- or half a second--is perfect. But for this show I don't want a traditional dissolve. So I want to change my default transition. To do that, I can go to my Effects tab, scroll down to the video transitions folder, select a transition that's going to work for me, and in this case it'll probably be a variation of the dissolve. And I want to do something a little different. Maybe I want a Film Dissolve, or in this case maybe Dip to White.
So all I have to do is right-click on the transition that I want to be my Default Transition, Select it, and you will notice that little yellow box moved from Cross Dissolve to Dip to White. Now that is my Default Transition. So if I place my cursor on top of this edit point, right-click and say Apply Default Transition, not only is it 15 frames, but it actually does a Flash to White. That's pretty cool, That saved me a lot of trouble.
I'm going to show you one more technique that can really save you some time. I'm going to go ahead and delete this by selecting and then pressing the Delete key, then I'm going to hit the Backslash key so we see the entire sequence. I want that Flash to White, to go over all five of these clips, maybe not the last one, but at least these five. So I'm going to select them. I selected them by lassoing them, but we've learned many ways that you can select multiple clips in Adobe Premiere Pro. Once I have this selected, I go up under Sequence, and I say Apply Default Transitions to my Selection. With a single click I now have that Flash to White over every single one of these cut points.
Pretty slick and pretty fast. So go ahead and take advantage of the power of Adobe Premiere Pro to customize your transitions before you put them on your timeline.
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